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Summer Opportunities '88
By KARI BARLOW
Summer is nearing and that means
students are now on the lookout for
summer jobs. There are a number of
agencies in Chapel Hill set up for just
"We have workshops set up over
the next three to four weeks. It's just
tips on how to go about getting a
summer job," said Ellen Mitchell,
secretary for the experiential learning
program in the University Career
Planning and Placement Service.
The placement service does not
actually place students in jobs, but
it does show them where the resources
Preparation is vital to
By CHERYL POND
Advance planning and good
information are the keys to
enjoying a European vaca
tion for the student on a budget,
travel agents advise.
With the decline of the dollar
overseas, summer sightseeing in the
Old World may not be as affordable
as in past years, but that does not
make Europe any less popular to
vacationers, said Jeff Mallett, owner
of Cole Travel in Glen Lennox
Because of the perennial popular
ity of Europe, travel agents recom
mend that students organize their
trips as soon as possible, especially if
limited by a fixed timetable or
The most important aspect of
planning is to find the best airfare
available, said Mark Fisher, the
owner of Small World Travel
help sty dlepts m summef- work search
are to find jobs, Mitchell said.
Judy Judkins, employment inter
viewer at the Employment Security
Commission (ESC), said students
have already started coming to her
for help in their job searches.
"When a person comes in and fills
out an application here, we get their
basic work history and what they're
interested in," Judkins said. Last
summer the ESC placed 288 people
in jobs, she said.
"We try to solicit job orders from
employers in our area," Judkins said.
"We will try to match the student with
Agency on East Franklin Street.
Discounts and specials are often
available to students. For example,
American Airlines has a student rate
for a direct flight to Paris for $537
during the low season and $577 dur
ing the peak, with reservation
The peak season for flights to
Europe begins in June. An average
round-trip flight without discounts
costs between $740 and $800, said
Stephen Lynthacum, a travel agent
at Circle Travel Inc. on South Estes
After finding their bargain flight,
students need to worry about
expenses for accommodations in
Europe. Travel agents recommend
youth hostels as the least expensive
places to live during their vacation.
Hostels are similar to dormitories
and are located across Europe.
Youth Hostel Association cards cost
$20 and require 30 days for delivery.
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"In Chapel Hill, the most available
jobs are service-related: retail stores,
fast foods, restaurants that's where
the bulk of the employment is."
As a result of the mass exodus of
students out of Chapel Hill for the
summer, many business owners face
changes in their total income and the
size of their staff.
"Our business caters a lot to
sororities and fraternities, and that's
really seasonal," Johnny T-Shirt
manager Alicia Hardin said. "Busi
ness slows down almost to a halt in
Each summer, Johnny T-Shirt cuts
a memorable European vacation
Hostel directories can be purchased
Students can stay in a hostel for
as little as $8. Generally, hostels are
more economical than even the
inexpensive hotels, Fisher said.
However, the relative economy of
hostels creates great popularity.
"It used to be people could just
show up (at a hostel), but now it's
recommended that you make reser
vations," Fisher said.
Upon arrival in Europe, many
modes of travel may be used. Trains
are one of the more popular
options. Eurail tracks crisscross 16
Eurail passes must be purchased
before arriving in Europe. A dis
counted pass is available to people
under 26 years old, offering one
month of unlimited travel for $320
or two months for $420. But posses
sion of a pass does not guarantee a
seat, so summer travelers should
its staff by about 40 percent, she said.
Garry Messenger, president of
North American Video, said, "We do
employ students during the year, but
it gets increasingly difficult in the
"Student labor is very valuable to
us," he said.
Because most of the available jobs
are "service-related, a student cannot
always work in his or her field of
Some businesses that do not
require a large staff are not negatively
afected by the employment situation
in the summer.
reserve seats in advance when possi
ble, according to a Eurail brochure.
Students must also consider pass
ports, which cost between $45 and
$53. The only visa necessary for
European travel is in France and
costs about $9. Lynthacum stressed
the importance of travelers having
their documents in order in advance
of their departure date. A passport
takes two to four weeks to receive,
and longer if it must be mailed to
France for a visa.
A useful document for student
travelers is the International Student
identification card, an
tion certifying student status. The
Council on International Educa
tional Exchange (CIEE) provides
the card, which costs $10. Card
holders can then take advantage of
student discounts, such as reduced
admissions to some attractions, said
Greg Posey, CIEE director of cam
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Paula Inserra, assistant manager of
Benetton on Franklin Street, said
even though business is slower during
the summer, she does not foresee
having to cut back on staff. "We really
dont have any problem with it. We
dont have that many salespeople,"
Judkins said, "I think students
should be looking at summer jobs as
something that's going to help them
learn more about the work force."
Keeping an open mind and explor
ing as many opportunities as possible
are key factors in summer job hunt
ing, sne said.
pus information. An application for
the card is provided in the Student
Travel Catalog published by CIEE,
which is available at the Interna
tional Center in the Student Union.
As a practical recommendation,
Mallett suggests exchanging a small
amount of money for the currency
of the destination country in
advance. The United States will con
vert only paper money, not coin, for
Other options open to students
who prefer a more structured
agenda are packages arranged by
travel agents and tour groups.
A plethora of travel books exist
for students interested in doing some
advance reading. David Grey, a
book clerk at The Intimate Book
shop in Chapel Hill, recommends
the following books to students:
"Europe for $35 a Day" by
Frommer's for $10.95, "Europe by
Eurail" for $9.95.